Experience Boundless Relief With CBD Cool Sticks

Cannabis, Product Review

As one of my most used Wildflower CBD products for muscle and tension relief, I had to review this peppermint-infused topical.

Since first trying the Wildflower CBD Cool Stick I have recommended it to at least 10 people in my waking life. As a former college athlete, a dedicated decade-long yoga practitioner, and amateur rock climber it could be said that I collect my fair share of aches and pains. Balms, salves, lotions, bath salts… I have almost tried them all. This Cool Stick is one of the most effective for my muscle tension, joint aches, & more.

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Wildflower was founded in Vancouver, B.C. in 2012 with the mission of building a gateway for people into the world of plant medicine. They use all natural ingredients including full-spectrum CBD extracts. We’re lucky to have a GMP-certified facility here in Bellingham, crafting the entire line of products locally. Now, let’s talk about this Cool Stick. Each CBD topical stick contains 300mg of full plant extract CBD, cooling menthol, peppermint, and other proprietary essential oils that are meant to have a synergistic anti-inflammatory effect.

What’s In This CBD Salve?

The white plastic container is sleek and unassuming, a perfect fit in almost any medicine cabinet. Unscrew the top and remove the protective plastic to be immediately invigorated by a wave of minty aromatics. This is where the real magic comes in, the stick has a dial at the bottom that allows us to push the topical stick up and use it with no contact to our fingers. It’s a seriously cool package and a major plus. No longer waste expensive balm on your fingers applying it to the problem area, just put the stick right on the pain and go. I tend to feel notable relief in about 5-10 minutes.

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How Do I Use My Cool Stick?

Personally, I can’t seem to find the end of uses for my Wildflower Cool Stick. It helps me subside my neck tension before getting one of those wicked tension headaches that make evenings unmanageable. Rubbing it onto my sciatic nerve helps me stave off flare-ups enough to get some sleep on those rough days. But my favorite story about this topical CBD balm comes from our local rock climbing gym. I’m learning to boulder and there’s a point in that process where our muscles have grown but the tendons have yet to catch up. I was able to continue climbing and building those tendons after applying ample amounts of my Cool Stick to my forearms. Turned out not to be the smartest idea, however, and I strained those same tendons. Luckily, the Cool Stick worked for that too.

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Cool Sticks are a valuable tool in our holistic wellness toolbelt. I truly believe that used in combination with CBD capsules and/or vape cartridges, this product can help a myriad of issues from minor to chronic. Keep posted on the blog as I try and review all of the fantastic Wildflower CBD suite of products including soap, tincture, capsules, and vape pens.

 

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Northern Lights Big Bud Strain Review

Indica Cultivar, Product Review

[Northern Lights x Big Bud][90% Indica]

Northern Lights #10 is one of my favorite strains, it’s relaxing and lulls us into sleep just ever so gently. Big Bud is one of those Indicas that I like to compare to a big huge WWE star sitting on you, it just hits hard and then stays there. So, naturally, mixing these together is a recipe for success, heavy Indica effects that can end with us intently staring at nothing, open mouthed. Save this strain for those sleepless nights or after work on a hyper stressful day.

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How Does It Hit The Senses?

These nugs are chunky but still in pine tree shaped bud structure. Dark purples and light forest green are complimented by light orange but slightly brown pistils all garnished by a blanket of sparkling trichomes. The bouquet of aromas is prominently aligned with the Northern Lights genetics. Full frontal sweet floral geranium mixed with ripe blackberries. The finish rings true of Big Bud with a small bit of woody cedar to finish. Definitely don’t expect wispy or heavily packed chunked bud, this is definitely a combination type nug.

What are The Effects?

Lift the spirits while dropping down the adrenaline for a relaxed but semi-aware stone. This one can definitely be the perms-high stuck in the couch sort of effect so save it for the evening time unless you have immense pain to deal with. Definitely, as always, try it out for the first time in a safe space after the day’s work is finished. After toking you’ll find yourself immediately relaxed in the ocular region and that relaxation quickly seeps into the brain to mellow out all stress and anxieties that are left over from the day. Initial reaction is a bit of face contortion for some followed by possible hyper awareness of the hands, eyebrows, etc. These effects will slowly seep into pain relief and release muscle tension. Enjoy a long, heavy stone for about 2-4 hours depending on tolerance.

SFV OG Kush Cannabis Strain Review

Indica Cultivar, Product Review

[San Fernando Valley OG x Afghani Kush][90% Indica]

This one is a classic in Southern CA and that is probably because it’s an Afghani crossed with the Valley’s best Ghost OG phenotype. It is a fan favorite across the country but the origins are right where the phrases such as “like, totally freak me out!” originated. They also grow this amazing OG Afghani hybrid whose effects have greatly influenced the not so recent outbreak of designer OG strains in California. SFVOG is heavy with a bit of  brain buzz. I so love the effects because they remind me of my brief stint moving back to Southern California back in 2013. For me the nostalgia is enough to indulge but I am confident the effects will be enough to convince anyone who needs a bit of help releasing stress or pain.

SFVOG 2How Does It Hit the Senses? SFV OG Kush will always be found in super dense pine tree shaped buds with flaming looking leaves protruding up towards the tip of the nug. Sometimes the nugs are a bit smaller but ground up they will expand exponentially. It will appear in a dark green bud with dark brown pistils evenly distributed through out. The absolutely classic aspect of this strain is the smell. Deep piney undertones with hints of cedar are finished by a light lemon note that shows the small limonene properties that will give a slight but not overwhelming uplifting quality in effect.

What are the Effects? After about 2-3 minutes the effects begin to truly take hold creating an equal stimulation and relaxation in the mind. Sit back and relax as this confusing mixture of relaxing stimulation moves through the system to the muscles and joints. As your body travels through these effects it will ultimately end up feeling heavy and relaxed while the mind wanders. Enjoy a deep focus but be sure to give it some direction. For some this strain can completely take you out of focus altogether so be careful. But I’ve found that when I have a plan and I’m ready in my work space I can utilize the heavy stone to stay on the right direction instead of Facebooking while I should be working. The effects are long lasting and don’t let up too much as the day moves on.

Bubba Kush, OG Indica for Ultimate Sleep

Indica Cultivar, Product Review

[Bubble Gum x Kush][90% Indica]

Deliciously heavy Indica strains really make me happy and Bubba Kush never really disappoints. With back genetics of earthy Kush and heavy sweet smelling Bubble Gum the buds are pungent and unmistakably say: Bubba Kush. This is definitely a strain to try at home before taking on the world as it can be a sleep inducer with majorly lethargic effects. Use this strain to help with sleep, pain relief and stress release. It’s perfect for the insomniac, both the one with issues getting to sleep or staying asleep.

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How Does It Hit The Senses?

One thing that will always be with all Bubba Kush strains is the big round bulbous bud structure. The next is the dark brown pistils that appear in bushes all over the individual dark green nuggets. Each bud is drenched in trichomes and super densely wound so that they almost feel like rocks. It is a great idea to grind this strain up rather than breaking it with your hands. Bubba Kush is a classic strain and because of that I feel like the aroma is classic as well. The overpowering scent of Bubba Kush features a robust but slightly sweet skunk that finishes with a spicy black pepper. It is unlike many other strains.

What Are The Effects?

Just like its classic smell, Bubba Kush delivers that classic Indica effect that many of us have come to love. Almost immediately begin to get a heavy deep stone in the mind, the kind that makes your eyeballs feel like they weigh 100 pounds and dried out like the Sahara. Full relaxation is imminent and welcome when medicating with Bubba Kush and if you fight it you’ll probably induce quite a bit of yawns. It is the perfect strain to help you get to sleep and the long lasting heavy effects are perfect for keeping you asleep. Definitely great for after dinner while relaxing with a mellow book.

Strawberry Cough the Creativity Booster

Hybrid Cultivar, Product Review, Sativa Cultivar

[Strawberry Fields x Haze][80% Sativa]

I absolutely love Strawberry Cough, I know you’re probably like huh? Because I so often say that I don’t like Sativa strains but there are a select few that seriously hit just right. Strawberry Cough is one of them because it tingles my creative muscles and curbs my anxiety ever so slightly while still delivering a slightly heavy stone. This specific strain of Strawberry Cough holds nostalgic feelings for me because it was a house strain at the first dispensary I ever worked at. So, when in California it is a must have because they seriously just don’t grow it like this in Arizona. Experience joyous giggles and silly thoughts while medicating with friends or propel yourself into a meteor of exciting creative ideas.

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How Does It Hit The Senses?

Prepare to be astonished with the absolutely overwhelming strawberry goodness smell that comes from just one teeny nugget of Strawberry Cough. The sweet strawberry aroma mingles with a sharp marigold that creates an almost cheese like scent. I’ve really smelled nothing like this strain before in my life, it is truly fantastic. Strawberry Cough buds are a bright, almost lime, green with vibrant orange pistils. There will be some large nuggets from the yield but generally this breed will be tons of crystal trichome packed little buds.

What Are The Effects? 

One very worth mentioning aspect of this strain is that it tastes exactly how it smells, and that’s coming from a girl that smoked it out of a homemade apple pipe. When inhaled you’ll feel almost immediate stimulation in the ocular region. Ride along a soothing wave of balance between stimulation and relaxation as the strain washes over you. Neck and shoulder pain begins to cease and the mind begins to race through creative and exciting new thought patterns. It’s possible that the new brain activity will provide a little bit of facial contortion and then it begins to mellow out. The strain is very active but that activity is hyper internalized so that it can be utilized within the mind itself like creativity generally is. I recommend this for any and every writer that I’ve ever met. Just make sure to keep your pen nearby.

Cherry Diesel for the Anxiety Free Work Days

Hybrid Cultivar, Product Review, Sativa Cultivar

[Cherry Kush x Turbo Diesel][70% Sativa]

I usually don’t choose Sativa strains, but as I’ve begun to balance my body and mind I can throw them into the mix more often. I work from home and can get sidetracked by lounging when there’s tons to do around the house. A good sativa hybrid will help to keep me motivated when other strains just bog me down to the couch. These magical sativa dominant hybrid strains almost make me feel like a rainbow road has appeared ahead of me and I know exactly what to do with my day assuming I stay focused on the task at hand. This medical cannabis strain is perfect for motivating and lifting dampened spirits simultaneously, a glorious balance between Sativa and Indica.

Cherry DieselHow Does It Hit The Senses?

The aroma is pungent to say the least and definitely embodies the familiar diesel smell. Layered on top of the diesel is a fruity cherry that lingers all the way through to the taste. Cherry Diesel grows in a divine spear like structure that is ever so reminiscent of the Sour Diesel back genetics. Cherry Kush appears in the dark purples and light green hues that are complimented by light yellow orange pistils.

What Are The Effects?

This one rises up through the temples to immediately ignite a spark in the mind. Ocular muscles are relaxed and aware simultaneously as the mind follows suit. Euphoric, energetic and uplifted is equally matched with a relaxed awareness about life. The first 10 minutes after medicating are crucial to the train of thought that medicating takes. From this I mean, you have the power to decide what you focus on but a sort of tunnel vision will certainly kick in. For example, you could have work to target but you decide that researching the moon cycles is a good idea and all of a sudden you’re in deep focusing on the wrong task. Just get to work right after medicating if you’re looking to use this strain for that purpose.

Vanilla Kush for the Stress Prone Mind

Indica Cultivar, Product Review

[Kashmir Hash Plant x Afghani Kush] [90% Indica]

When life is delivering the lemons far to fast to keep up with the sugar it’s sometimes appropriate to turn to cannabis as a means to cope. Of course this isn’t healthy all the time, but dealing with stress can be too intense for some to do sans medication and in my opinions cannabis is far more healthy than prescription medications. Cannabis can help to relieve stress and anxiety simultaneously, it is a great herbal remedy for these extremely common ailments and has very few side effects aside from hunger and lethargy.

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How Does It Hit the Senses?

This robust nug is rounded and bulbous with an intoxicating scent. You’ll be overwhelmed with earthy cocoa and hints of sweet guava that creates an almost vanilla aroma. Dark forest green and indigo cover each beautiful bud. Vanilla Kush won’t be the densest but it isn’t leafy either, just a nice mixture of the combination of the two. I always recommend breaking up the buds with a grinder but you won’t lose anything aside from keif breaking this one up with your fingers.

What Are The Effects?

The first relaxation of Vanilla Kush kicks in the mandibles, the jaw starts to loosen and relax about 3-5 minutes after inhalation. Immediately after this jaw tension dissipates the mind will begin to release anything from the day, week or month that it might be grasping tightly onto.  Eventually the pain relief moves throughout all of the tendons, muscles and joints as if it is a wave of comfiness. Feel complete and utter relaxation in mind, body and spirit; let your cares completely melt away in every sense of the word. The effects sit heavily in the face and eyes and will definitely make you feel couch locked high if you let it.

Picasso OG for the Anxious Insomniac

Indica Cultivar, Product Review

[OG Kush x Picasso][Indica Dominant Hybrid]

I did a lot of research on what the back genetics of Picasso OG are and I am pretty sure my

listed OG x Picasso is correct but please do let me know if you have information that I couldn’t access. It seems that the strain Picasso gets it’s name because after medicating you will feel like a cartoon character. I found the strain relaxing and care free with a bit of a heavy couch lock stone.

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How Does It Hit the Senses? The bright and fresh aroma will overcome all competing smells in the room when you open the jar of Picasso OG. First breathe in exuberant wafts lemongrass followed by a rich and sweet cedar wood finish. Army green and chartreuse colors combine throughout the leaves of the flower and the bud structure is my favorite, miniature pine trees with fat little bellies. On inhalation cedar wood really shines in the flavor profile which is a telltale sign of Indica effects to come, smoke will be thick and potent.

What Are the Effects? After inhaling, the smoke or vapor from Picasso OG effects are imminent. They begin in the very back of the skull moving forward through the temples to the frontal lobe to release tense nerves and thoughts. The effects also creep down the spine to relax aching muscles and joints. This is definitely a sort of braindead stone, it is possible that you will have plans that don’t get accomplished after medicating with Picasso OG. Although it does relieve pain that isn’t what I’d cite as the main healing property of this strain. This is definitely an option for the heavily stressed individual that has a hard time shutting down their highly active cognitive functions in order to truly relax. The anxiety prone, massively stressed out patient will appreciate this strain. Also, the light sleepers and insomniacs will find pleasure climbing into bed after medicating with this one. It definitely has a heavy, red eye side effect which I always find helpful when I’m dealing with bouts of insomnia but do be sure to get some eye drops if you’re nervous in public after medicating or a DL patient.

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3 Kings OG For a Productive & Anxiety Free Day

Hybrid Cultivar, Product Review

[Sour Diesel x Headband x OG Kush][Sativa Dominant Hybrid]

We took a trip to Southern California to see my gorgeous cousin get married in what can only be described as the coolest wedding I’ve ever been to. Since we were going through LA I had to make a stop at a dispensary and get some of that bomb. You see, Arizona is very arid and on top of that very very few growers are taking the time to cure their buds. Seriously they pick it right off of the plant and sell it to their patients, it blows my mind.

So obviously CA buds last longer, taste better and give a more clean effect. Not to mention you can get 3x better stuff for the 1/2 the price due to the saturated market. With all of these powers combined plus the fact that the good homie lived there, Venice was a necessary stop on our trip. Cowbae is a HUGE fan of CA Ocean Grown (OG) strains, when I had just moved from the state I was sooooo sick of them because every dispensary was dying to shove 100 different OG strains down my throat. But now that smell of that real sticky OG makes me salivate, and 3 Kings has the wonderful combination of heavy body high and extra buzzy brain that first made OG Kush so popular.

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How Does it Hit the Senses?

Earthy lemons. That is always what I smell with an inhale of any OG Kush hybrid. And that aroma is only made deeper by the added Diesel and Headband genetics. It is actually kind of fun because the more lemony an OG strain smells the more Sativa it is, the more pungent and musky it smells the more Indica it contains. 3 Kings OG first hits the nostril with a spiced lemon aroma, notes of fresh cardamom and bright bergamot. Buds are as dense as rocks and the structure is bulbous and chunky. Dark and kelly green leaves combine in a sea of brown orange hairs and brilliant white milky trichomes. When inhaled you will taste a spiced bergamot flavor amongst the thick smoke.

What Are The Effects?

 

Within minutes the brain will begin to flutter and the ocular system will start to feel a surge of energy from the Sativa cannabis strain. This is where some people can get some anxiety from smoking Sativas, just ride out this surge because it will mellow out. Don’t allow yourself to get too introspective in the first moments of medicating, be comfortable. As the tension in the mind finds release it dissipates into the body like honey, delivering a heavy dose of muscle relaxation from the neck and shoulders and eventually down to the hips and sciatic nerves. Although there is some great pain relief  associated with 3 Kings OG, it is most well known for the stimulating energy it provides the mind and body. Feel motivated, ready to take on the day and anxiety free. Let the stress fly out the window and just focus on checking things off of your list when medicating with this amazing OG Kush hybrid, a new designer OG on the list for me.

Great for anyone suffering from severe stress or anxiety, a nice strain to try for migraines as Sour Diesel has some anti-migraine properties. Daytime pain relief is accessible with this strain provided your pain isn’t all the way to 8-10 on the scale. 

Cherry Pie Cannabis Strain to Relieve Stress & Anxiety

Hybrid Cultivar, Product Review

[Durban Poison x Grand Daddy Purple][60% Indica]

Sometimes my first experience with a strain is in back genetics, that is how I first met Cherry Pie. I noticed that the strain was a back genetic in Girl Scout Cookies which I absolutely love. So when I finally had the opportunity to medicate with Cherry Pie herself I was so dang excited. Bay Area growers restructured the classic Cherry Kush to create this relaxing and uplifting hybrid strain that is taking the medical states by storm. The strain can be found at different dispensaries in Arizona and is worthwhile for anyone with chronic pain, insomnia or severe anxiety. This isn’t a super heavy strain so don’t worry beginners, you can enjoy this medication too.

How Does It Hit the Senses?

Bud structure of Cherry Pie is bulbous and more rounded than other more spear or pine tree shaped nuggets. It is so blanketed in trichomes that the color appears almost light green with tinges of deep reddish purple. These trichomes that are found generously coated across the bud make each nugget super sticky, you’ll gum up a cheap grinder with this one. In the smell there is a rich blackberry sweetness that is only complimented by a bright saffron that combines to push forth an almost minty aroma. Real Cherry Pie will have a hint of Thin Mints in both the flavor and the taste of the smoke.

What are the Effects?

Medicinal effects will begin to take hold anywhere from 3-10 minutes after inhalation. Effects begin in the ocular region and immediately take hold in the mind where you’ll feel an immense need to just let go. Cherry Pie will have you feeling uplifted and ready to take on the day, no matter what it entails. There will be some minor pain relief as the effects slowly loosen up the intricate muscles surrounding the spine. Manage both stress and anxiety with an extremely alert and active mind for the first couple of hours after medicating. There is a bit of an Indica couch lock that creeps in as the bud begins to wear off, beware of those overwhlemingly lethargic feelings.